Best known for being home to the Great Wall of China, Beijing’s 3,000 years of rich history can also be seen in its ancient architecture and six UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its ancient alleyways are dotted with restaurants serving dim sum and chewy noodles, while its cultural scene boasts top-class museums, galleries and music venues.
Things to do in Beijing
Stroll around Tiananmen Square, which is located in the heart of Beijing City and is among the world’s most famous public spaces. See the Gate of Heavenly Peace, which showcases a portrait of Chairman Mao and serves as a symbol of the city.
The Great Wall of China is one of the most famous monuments in the world, stretching 8,851 kilometers in length. You can hike a section of the wall and soak up its 2,000-year-old history while marveling at its well-preserved remains from the Ming Dynasty.
Step back in time at the Forbidden City to get up close with one of the best preserved imperial palaces in China. Showcasing the essence of traditional Chinese architecture, the massive complex comprises historic squares, halls, gates, temples and pavilions.
Take a break and retreat to the Summer Palace, just like the former emperors of Beijing. Admire the landscape of the best-preserved imperial garden in the world by walking around its ancient temples and across the Seventeen-Arch Bridge to see the picturesque Kunming Lake.
Getting around Beijing
The best ways to get around Beijing are on foot and by subway, while taxis are also available. You can fly into Beijing Capital International Airport, located about a 30-minute drive from downtown.